Calling a plan to force people to buy terrible, overpriced private insurance a"solution" to the problem of uninsured Americans is about as smart as tossing people in prison for homelessness.
Sure, you've "solved" the problem. There are no homeless. They've got somewhere to sleep. But it's simultaneously stupid and a ridiculous misuse of the power of the state—just like individual mandates without a public option.
It's really, really sad that only Matt Taibbi seems to get that, and too many people that I used to respect don't.